Meaning of SMITHSONITE in English

ˈsmithsəˌnīt noun

( -s )

Etymology: James Smithson died 1829 British chemist and mineralogist + English -ite

1. : a usually white or nearly white native zinc carbonate ZnCO 3 commonly reniform, botryoidal, stalactitic, or granular and distinguished from hemimorphite by its effervescence with acids (hardness 5, specific gravity 4.30-4.45)

2. : hemimorphite 1

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